Ohio House committee approves traffic camera ban

House Bill 69 could outlaw speed cameras in Ohio

CINCINNATI - An Ohio House committee has approved a measure that would ban red-light cameras across the state.

The Transportation, Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday voted 9-4 to move the measure to the full House for consideration.

The bill bans police from using a camera to determine whether motorists have run red lights or been speeding.

Proponents of the bill say cameras have been abused by certain municipalities who see the devices as revenue generators.

Supporters of the cameras say studies show the machines have helped reduce traffic accidents. They also say the cameras free up law enforcement officers to pursue more serious crimes.

More than a dozen Ohio cities use traffic-enforcement cameras. Cleveland collected nearly $6 million from them last year.

Camera-generated tickets are civil infractions.

Attorney Mike Allen spoke Tuesday before the House committee that voted on the bill.

Allen represented several drivers who were ticketed in Elmwood Place by the speed cameras the town used there.

Officials with the village say the cameras accomplished their goal of slowing down speeders but Allen says the cameras were installed for the purpose of making money.

Speeders who were caught in Elmwood Place were charged $105 per ticket.

WCPO Digital contributed to this report.

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